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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:11 pm

A possible tell-tale sign that a badger could be around is when you can spot a pale chanting-goshawk. They like picking up the escapees from a badger rampage.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jan 21, 2005 12:54 pm

They are very fierce creatures, difficult to grip because of a loose skin and with their sharp claws and teeth they will rip, tear, bite anything to smithereens!

There has been an observation of a leopard killing a badger. It took the good part of 2 hours and the leopard looked like it was hit by a truck!

It is said that most animals will avoid crossing roads with the badger. There also has been a case of a badger castrating a full grown buffalo!

It is also unbelievebly immune against snake bite as a tv program showed one being hit by a cobra and after killing and eating the cobra went down for a couple of hours, returning to normal as if it went for a afternoon dose.

There are definetly some truth in the saying: "so taai soos 'n ratel"!

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Unread postby Freda » Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:37 pm

A pic of a honeybadger lying under my combi eating chicken at Lower Sabie. It knocked the dustbin over three times to get at raw chicken that I had put in the bin.
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Badger conservation - good work

Unread postby wildjohn » Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:49 pm

The best example of conservation of a mammal carnivore EVER to my knowledge was to do with honey badgers.
Western Cape badgers were being persecuted - owing to them breaking into hives.
Badger researchers, Begg couple stepped in, decided to introduce stilted hives out of reach, and got whole honey industry to convert to this.
As they contacted the major retailers of quality food products, Woolworths, to only accept honey from apiaries that adopted to raise their hive boxes.
They have since boycotted all that dont adopt this procedure, and honey badgers have won, so far.
It is now familiar to all the 'honey badger friendly' honey on honey jars. - Guess most know this story in SA already -

The point I am making is that that is REAL conservation entailing driving in traffic and meeting the head of woolworths in TOWN not in the bush, and meeting staunch & menacing farmers.
Lots of animal research is just glamourous in a landrover following snowy the lion, Jona the gorilla or pinky the elephant and what not, and adds little bits of information that supposedly endorses their conservation - ..whatever.
We already know without anymore research HOW to conserve large mammals in protected areas.
It is outside where more needs to be done..

People are still in mindset to have to do charismatic animal research, and supposedly impress colleagues, the public ?, I dont know ?
The writing is on the wall for single species, large, charismatic animal studies..

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jul 15, 2005 6:43 am

Saw a documentary on Kalahari/Kghalagadi badgers last night, well only half of it atleast.

It was the one about the badger that got hit by a "puffy" and ate some of the snake untill the venom set in. He laid still for 2 hours looking like dying and then recovered and finsihed the snake too.

Interesting thing is he grabbed a mouse from the snake and ate that before he went with great tenacity after the snake.

An old female was caught by a leopard and after an hour's fight was all but dead.

Another one climbed into a tree after a 1.5m cape cobra the cobra tried to escape but fell out of the tree and the badger comically reversed climbed down the tree and completely devoured the snake. They always start at the head and work their way down. The one thing with badgers is that they don't stop after eating one snake, they just go on to find the next.

It was so funny to see how the mother and cub interacted. He realy is raised to be tough some day. It was extremely funny how the little one when eyed by a jackal turn very aggresively onto the jackal. The little one could barely walk. He was so angry at the jackal that he fell head over tail while growling at the intruder into his den.

I have now decided that this little animal must be the fiercest competitor alive on earth. It is my favourite animal and I wish that I can have the chance one day to help with research on them.

They give the true meanings to being tenacious tough and as hard to kill the devil himself.
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Unread postby Bushbaby » Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:33 pm

A friend related a story to us about a trip in Kalagadi, they were enjoying sundowners at a pan and hoping the feeding lions they had seen earlier in the afternoon would make a trip to the water. Their patience was rewarded as the whole pride arrived and they took brilliant photos of the "classic" 7 lionesses in a row drinking...when all of a sudden a badger broke from the brush and charged at the pride. Most of the lions where taken by surprise and backed off but 2 stuck around to take on the interloper. After much charging, hissing and clawing the badger won and cleared the waterhole. He then trotted to the water had his brief drink and then dissappeared as quickly as he came.

Our friends, who are veterans of the bush, say they have never seen such a plucky and viscious attack. The little guys have big ones :lol:
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:52 pm

Yes, i heard of one taking on a wild dog...

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More badger behaviour

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:19 pm

I have been fortunate to see a honey badger once. It was near Lower Sabie about five years ago. It was a strange scene, as we encountered the badger jogging (characteristically) through a section of burnt terrain. Imagine that, a black badger in a black terrain! We assumed that this was actually ideal for badgers as it provided a sort-of camouflage and there were probably many dead (by fire) insects and rodents, providing an ‘easy pickings’ free-meal.

One must admire this animal for its extremely tenacious personality! I have seen documentaries in which the badger can stand its ground against tough enemies and it has a remarkable ability to cope with snake venom and numerous beestings. If bitten by a snake, it may slip off into an almost comatose state, appearing dead, but awakens several minutes later and resumes feeding on its victim, the snake!

In Afrikaans we have a saying : ‘So taai soos a ratel’ which in English means: as tough as a badger!
If I had to give an award to an animal for the ‘toughest-bugger-out-there’ it would go to the honey badger.

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Honey Badger seen near Berg n Dal

Unread postby moggiedog » Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:57 pm

Seen at about 15h00 in the afternoon of the 11th October'06. Unfortunately didnt stick around for long.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:39 am

The honey badger's ability to hunt and kill snakes are rated as one of the top 5 amazing animal feats in the world of nature.
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:17 am

It is actually really incredible...cute but vicious :lol:
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:01 am

On the 26 of June, at KTP we saw a pair of honey badgers. We we had left Mata Mata and were on our way to Twee Rivieren. This is taken out of my trip report:
While driving, a jackal had run across the road right in front of us. The jackal was then followed by a honey badger, then another :shock: ? The badgers had walked next to the car then into the bush next to the road, digging under the bushes at the roots. Pale Chanting Goshawks had watched them along with a jackal. As the badgers moved along the road so did the jackal, goshawks and us. We had reversed with them for a long time. The female badger suddenly stopped then collapsed next to the road. She gave a huge yawn and then cuddled up. The male had come behind her. He was nibbling the fur on her back. She then stood up. What happened next just blew us all away. For, what we think, they started mating. He then walked around, gave us a satisfied smile and soon lay next to her. She placed her head on his neck and they both showed affection towards each other... It was really something…

Of course something always goes wrong when this kind of thing happens… My memory went full, so I was sitting in the back seat deleting some pictures and videos, missing some of the action. My dad had filmed the part before and after the mating so of course he missed the mating to :x . Only my mom got one pic:
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This was taken after they had mated:
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Note: the satisfied smile :lol:
My dad told us we had to leave and then pointed out that the whole world was behind us, well quite, after we argued with him to stay. There were cars behind us as far as the eye could see so we decided it was best to leave. We were with them for about 20-30min until we had to leave. All that time they were next to us, in the open and put on quite a show.
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Unread postby Nannie » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:37 pm

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:03 pm

Wow, what an unusual pic, don't often see those 2 together, where was this seen Nannie?
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